The demise toll in Spain surged to 4,089 after 655 individuals died inside 24 hours, the Well being Ministry stated on Thursday.
It was a 19% rise on figures launched on Wednesday in Spain, which has the world’s second highest demise toll from the illness after Italy. The variety of confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 rose to 56,188.
Regardless of a lockdown imposed on March 14, which Parliament on Thursday agreed to increase till April 11, each deaths and infections have continued to mount. However the rise within the variety of new deaths was smaller than that recorded on Wednesday, when the determine rose by 738.
Well being authorities are hoping it is going to quickly develop into clear whether or not the lockdown is having the specified impact.
The Madrid area has suffered the brunt of the epidemic with 17,166 infections – just below a 3rd of the overall – and a couple of,090 deaths, or 51% of the nationwide determine.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, whose spouse is contaminated with the virus, has stated that is the nation’s most tough second since its 1936-39 civil struggle.
“Only the oldest, who knew the hardships of the civil war and its aftermath, can remember collective situations that were harsher than the current one. The other generations in Spain have never, ever had to face as a collective something so hard,” he stated when he imposed the state of emergency on March 14.
Spain’s demographics partly clarify why it has been one of many worst-affected nations.
The nation has one of many longest life expectations in Europe and the pandemic has taken a excessive toll on its giant aged inhabitants, who’re particularly weak to the illness.